One of the “advanced” questions guys ask is if they can wear a suit jacket with jeans. For most guys, wearing a suit jacket happens only once or twice a year so, wondering if they can wear the jacket with jeans is… out of their reality. 🙂
What i mean is this: the question is not dumb… It’s a very good question and shows you really want to be stylish.
Let’s begin with a picture of a guy in jeans and a suit jacket:
I know what you’re thinking: it looks like the perfect blend of formal and casual.
This is plain wrong. The suit is sacred. The suit jacket is supposed to be worn together with the dress pants and there’s no way around that.
It’s commonly accepted that, if you want to stand out in a suit, you should play around with the model, the lapels, the shirt, tie or pocket square.
If you want to “borrow” from the suit’s “formality”… go for a sports jacket.
Sports jackets are made to be worn in casual situations (including jeans). The have a more casual air but still score plenty of points when it comes to you being classy.
Here’s a sports jacket with a suit:
Much better, right?
Now, if you come back to the first picture and look at the black suit jacket…
do you notice the “disconnect”? The suit jacket looks just too… formal compared to the jeans.
So, remember this rule: a suit is a suit and you don’t want to wear it’s dress pants and jacket separately.